So, loyal readers know that I’ve been doing my Best Picture Project for quite a while now, whereby I’ve been watching and writing about every Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Because I’ve got a real job and other interests, like writing – BUY MY BOOKS – it’s taken me about two years or so to get through 49. Never fear, I’m still chugging away on that and hope to have a new post for that relatively soon.
Nevertheless, with Oscar time is right around the corner it got me thinking about past ceremonies, especially the times when the Academy trots out some old geezer too show it is in touch with its history. Sometimes it’s Kirk Douglas giving out an Award last year. Other times it’s when the Academy does one of those ‘family portrait’ type things where they get all the living actors with Oscars together to trot on stage for everybody to see – I think the last one was for the 2002 or 2003 Awards.
All these historical tributes the Oscars like to do got me thinking about who are the longest surviving Oscar winners in every category, and by longest surviving, I don’t mean oldest. No, what I want to know is who, in a given category, is the living Oscar winner who won the Award earliest. So listed below is each category the Academy gives Awards in – with some streamlining, to deal with the fact that categories may have had slight name changes but ultimately continued to honor the same thing – with the name of the longest surviving winner, film and year won listed as well. Just for fun, the year the category was established is included as well. Continue reading